ASAN

Definition

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a non-profit organization run by and for Autistic people using principles from the disability rights movement.

The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) is a non-profit organization run by and for Autistic people. ASAN tries to use the principles of the disability rights movement in the area of autism. ASAN believes that autistic people should have the same rights, access, and opportunity as any other citizen. They also believe that Autistic people should be the primary voice listened to when it comes to autism and to the lives of autistic people. Their slogan is “Nothing About Us, Without Us!”

ASAN uses a wide number of methods to promote autistic voice and to improve the lives of autistic people. They have a number of programs on topics that impact the lives of autistics. ASAN promotes Autistic voices and involvement in public policy discussions, Autistic culture, and inclusion and respect for Autistic people. They also engage in public education in order to dispel misinformation and share information about autism and autistic people. ASAN has many local groups by and for Autistic people to coordinate local and national advocacy.

-List of related media/links

ASAN

ASAN Dallas

Navigating College

Facebook: ASAN

Youtube: ASAN

ASAN Central Ohio

ASAN Central Ohio/Ohio State

-List of concrete examples

  • ASAN has a number of local chapters. Chapter members get together to offer support, enjoy autistic community, and advocate for change.

  • Case example: ASAN’s position statements explain what their goals are.

  • Case example: The Ransom Notes Campaign was an example of activism done by ASAN.

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